Living Rent



Tenants’ union to protest against Edinburgh letting agent offering ‘sham’ holiday lets

Protestors will tomorrow demonstrate outside the premises of an Edinburgh letting agent accused of exploiting tenants by offering “sham holiday lets”.

Published 16 May 2019

Landlords 'abusing' holiday let contracts to undermine tenants' rights

Landlords are abusing Airbnb-style "holiday let" contracts to evade their responsibilities to tenants, some of whom are staying in their properties for up to 10 months or more, according to a damning new report.

Published 2 May 2019

Unions call for ‘urgent action’ on accessible housing and winter evictions ban

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has demanded “urgent action” from local authorities to tackle the shortage in accessible housing and has also joined a campaign to ban winter evictions.

Published 17 April 2019

Poll reveals ‘overwhelming support’ for rent controls across Scotland

Campaigners are calling on the Scottish Government to support major changes to prevent tenants being “forced into poverty by sky-high rents” after a survey pointed towards huge public support for the action.

Published 11 April 2019

Wyndford organisations merge to create new tenants union

Local members of Living Rent and Wyndford Residents Association have agreed to merge and relaunch as Wyndford Tenants Union.

Published 25 March 2019

Tenants call for 'unworkable' Rent Pressure Zones to be replaced with nationwide rent controls

Scotland's "unworkable" Rent Pressure Zones should be urgently replaced with a system of "proper rent controls", according to a new report.

Published 20 February 2019

NUS Scotland joins tenants’ union’s demand for ‘winter break’ for evictions

Scotland’s largest student organisation has joined with Scotland’s only tenants’ union to demand a ‘winter break’ to forced evictions.

Published 24 January 2019

Tenants’ union demands end to winter evictions

A union for tenants in Scotland will hold a national day of action on Saturday demanding the Scottish Government implements a ban on evictions during the winter months.

Published 14 December 2018

Renters urge Natwest to say ‘yes to DSS’

A coalition of renters unions across the country staged a demonstration against banking firm Natwest on Saturday over its “discriminatory” buy to let mortgages.

Published 26 November 2018

Serco to ‘pause’ asylum seeker lock-change plan as housing associations offer assistance

Housing provider Serco has said it will “pause” issuing lock-change orders to tenants refused asylum in the UK ahead of a court challenge following pressure from campaigners, charities and housing associations.

Published 7 August 2018

Call for state inquiry into Scotland's ‘sex for rent’ scandal

Campaigners have demanded that ministers order an official state inquiry into Scotland's ‘sex for rent scandal’ amid claims thousands of women are being targeted by predatory landlords, The Sunday Herald has reported.

Published 4 June 2018

Partick Housing Association refutes tenants’ union’s rent reduction claims

Partick Housing Association has denied claims by Living Rent that the tenants’ union won a promise of “massive rent reductions” in one of the Association’s block of flats.

Published 22 December 2017

Campaign to outlaw winter evictions in bid to prevent homelessness deaths

Tenants’ union Living Rent has launched a campaign to outlaw winter evictions in Scotland in a bid to prevent deaths of people who are homeless.

Published 15 November 2017

Partick Housing Association defends rents record following tenant protest

Activists from the Living Rent tenants union joined tenants of Partick Housing Association last week to demand immediate action on the ever increasing rents.

Published 24 October 2017

Scottish Government should reconsider value of ‘uniquely insecure’ PRS

The private rented sector (PRS) has tripled in size since the advent of devolution and its reversal is a goal that Holyrood should “triumph not fear”, a new report has argued.

Published 10 October 2017